a person or thing that copies; copyist.

Origin of copier

First recorded in 1590–1600; copy + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for copier

Contemporary Examples of copier

  • When he gets his hands on a Canon copier, the reader gets a glimpse into the unique fashion in which his mind works.

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    The Many Lives of Artist David Hockney

    William O’Connor

    November 23, 2014

  • As with Xerox copier, 3-D printers have become smaller, cheaper, and more functional over time.

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    Pioneers in Printing

    The Daily Beast

    October 21, 2014

  • After some trepidation by the Xerox board, Mulcahy became CEO of the copier company in August, 2001.

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    Is She the Next Larry Summers?

    Allan Dodds Frank

    September 23, 2010

Historical Examples of copier

  • They go to you as they came out of the hand of the Copier, without pointing or marking.

    The Group

    Mercy Warren

  • Probably not the author but the copier of the MS.: see Notes.

  • With a limited demand, the compensation to the copier was sufficient, and the cost to the purchaser moderate.

  • I very much suspect the fidelity of the copier—there is something more, that has not been told, depend upon it.


    Frederick Marryat

  • I very much suspect the fidelity of the copier--there is something more that has not been told, depend upon it.


    Captain Frederick Marryat

British Dictionary definitions for copier



a person or device that copies
another word for copyist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for copier

1590s, agent noun from copy (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper